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2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for Florida on
Q: Is a satire I've created based on another work considered fair use? Can I sell it?
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Ivan Jose Parron Esq. answered on Mar 21, 2018

"Fair Use" is not an affirmative right, it is only a defense. In other words, you would have to be sued first and use the "Fair Use" arguments as a defense. You should consult with an experienced entertainment lawyer before taking any action or inaction.

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Q: Who owns the raw film footage for a documentary? We raised funds on Kickstarter but under the name of guy who got paid.

My two colleagues and I hired a codirector/editor to document our story. He fulfilled his obligation but I don't like the final product. I want to take in a different direction but he won't give me the raw footage to work with. We used Kickstarter to raise money to pay him but he set it up under... Read more »

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Ivan Jose Parron Esq. answered on Mar 15, 2017

Unfortunately it does not sound like you have a very good claim. The person who films or records anything is by default the copyright owner absent a written work for hire agreement. That is precisely why the co director/editor refused to sign a contract, so that he owns the result. You may have... Read more »

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Q: Is it possible for fans to help a music artist buy their way out of their contract?

Fans of the girl group Fifth Harmony have recently realized that their record label and management team are treating them horribly. However, we do not know the exact stipulations of the contract they signed. If fans wanted to help the group members buy their way out of the contract, would it be... Read more »

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Ivan Jose Parron Esq. answered on Dec 20, 2016

You need to consult with an experienced entertainment attorney who can give you good advice. Do a search on Justia

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